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Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions
Volume Editors: Anna Andreeva and Dominic Steavu
Transforming the Void: Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions considers paths to self-cultivation and salvation that are patterned on human embryological development or procreative imagery in the religions of China and Japan.
Focusing on Taoism, Esoteric Buddhism, Shinto, Shugendō, and local religious traditions, the contributors to the volume provide new insight into how the body’s generative processes are harnessed as powerful metaphors for spiritual attainment. This volume offers an in-depth examination of the religious dimensions of embryology and reproductive imagery, topics that have been hitherto solely approached through the lens of the history of medicine.
Contributors include: Brigitte Baptandier, Catherine Despeux, Grégoire Espesset, Christine Mollier, Fabrizio Pregadio, Dominic Steavu, Lucia Dolce, Bernard Faure, Iyanaga Nobumi, Anna Andreeva, Kigensan Licha, Gaynor Sekimori.
Author: Dominic Steavu

EASTM 45 (2017): 9-48 9 Buddhism, Medicine, and the Affairs of the Heart: Āyurvedic Potency Therapy (Vājīkarana) and the Reappraisal of Aphrodisiacs and Love Philters in Medieval Chinese Sources Dominic Steavu [Dominic Steavu is Assistant Professor at the University of California Santa

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In: East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Author: Dominic Steavu

196 Steavu Chapter 6 The Allegorical Cosmos: The Shi 式 Board in Medieval Taoist and Buddhist Sources Dominic Steavu* Sacrifice to the ancestors, as if they are there, sacrifice to the gods, as if the gods are there. The Master said: “If I do not offer a sacrifice [as if they are there], it is

In: Coping with the Future
Author: Dominic Steavu

111Cosmos, Body, and Gestation in Taoist Meditation Chapter 3 Cosmos, Body, and Gestation in Taoist Meditation Dominic Steavu Of old, there were those who obtained the One Heaven obtained the One and so it was bright. Earth obtained the One and so it was firm. Spirit obtained the One and so it was

In: Transforming the Void

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In: Transforming the Void

1Backdrops and Parallels © koninklijke brill nv, leiden, 2016 | doi 10.1163/9789004306523_002 Introduction Backdrops and Parallels to Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions Anna Andreeva and Dominic Steavu Andreeva and Steavu Attaining the ultimate of vacuity

In: Transforming the Void
Author: Sabine Wilms

Anna Andreeva and Dominic Steavu, eds., Transforming the Void: Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions . Leiden: Brill, 2016. Pp. xvii + 578. €164.00 Hardback, ISBN 978-90-04-30652-3. Andreeva and Steavu’s masterfully edited volume originated from a symposium

In: Asian Medicine
In: Coping with the Future
Author: Dominic Steavu

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This study considers the roots of Internal Alchemy (Neidan) and its practice of generating an inner embryo. It notably highlights the pivotal role of early medieval Three Sovereigns (Sanhuang) meditations in establishing a conceptual bridge between early meditations patterned on procreation and those of Internal Alchemy. A number of features that were crucial in the transition to Internal Alchemy are thus identified: the anthropomorphisation of cosmic principles within the body, the combination of multiple cosmological models, and the use of cosmogonic reversal as a template for practice. A particular Three Sovereigns visualization that takes Taiyi, the Great Unity, as its cosmogonic and procreative starting point illustrates those key features as vividly as it articulates the equivalence between Taiyi, the embryo, or Infant, and the Elixir of Internal Alchemy.


In: Transforming the Void
In: Transforming the Void